Locals forced to drink contaminated water; Defunct plant to be repaired soon, says AEE
By: Aabid Hameed
Pulwama: Two major water supply schemes in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district are functioning without filtration plants due to which locals are forced to drink contaminated water.
The residents of Rakh, ZahidBagh and Darbagh villages in Pulwama said that the Bon Rakh-Zahid Bagh water supply scheme is functioning without filtration plant since the scheme was started.
They said that in absence of filtration plant, water from Tongri canal is directly being supplied to them which is highly contaminated.
Mohammad Ashraf a member of the local Auqaf said that despite that scheme was started before a decade but still scheme has no filtration plant.
He said that since last 10 years, they are forced to drink contaminated water of the canal.
He said that they are hardly get water supply of one to two hours on daily basis and it is dependent on electricity due to which in winter it remains defunct for weeks.
Locals requested authorities to install a filtration plant there and make arrangements before onset of winter so that locals can get potable water.
Similar complaints are pouring in from Beighpora Awantipora area of Pulwama district as locals also alleged that filtration plant is defunct in the area since last several years.
Gulzar Ahmad a local resident said that they are forced to drink contaminated water as filtration plant is lying defunct in the area.
Locals requested authorities to look into the matter at an earliest so that they can heave a sigh of relief.
Meanwhile, Concerned Assistant Executive Engineer Public Health Engineering Ms Nusrat when contacted said that she has already written to mechanical wing of the department for installing a filtration plant at Bon Rakh-Zahid Bagh scheme and repair defunct filtration plant at Beighpora.
She assured that it will be done on priority basis.